Clinical Supervision: Mastering the 4 Stages of Development

Presented by Robert Taibbi, LCSW on 04-24-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific

Clinical supervisors are challenged to ensure quality treatment while helping other professionals develop their clinical skills and style. To do this well, a supervisor cannot afford to be the same supervisor on day 1 that they are on day 100; they must adapt to the needs of their supervisees over time. Knowing the terrain of professional development and avoiding the common mistakes that can undermine the supervisory process will help clinical supervisors best serve the clinicians they supervise.

In this web conference, Robert Taibbi, LCSW will discuss four common supervisory mistakes—focusing on the client rather than the clinician, ignoring the parallel process, spoonfeeding, and having unclear supervisory goals—and how to avoid them. This presentation will also outline the characteristics, goals, tasks, and dangers of four stages of development—supervisor as teacher, guide, gatekeeper, and consultant. This awareness enables clinical supervisors to anticipate clinicians’ changing needs and adapt to the clinical and personal challenges that unfold during the course of supervision.

During this interactive web conference, attendees will learn how to recognize the ethical risks of each stage of development, how to effectively use parallel process in supervisory sessions, and how to manage three common anxiety-coping styles while providing supervision. Additionally, attendees will gain insight into their own supervisory style and learn how to help the clinicians they supervise develop their own unique clinical styles and therapeutic voices.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Determine the use of parallel process in clinical supervision.
  2. Identify and describe characteristics of each of the four stages of development.
  3. List four common supervisory mistakes.
  4. Examine three primary anxiety-coping styles.
  5. Explain the difference between learning problems and problems about learning.

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How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

At the conclusion of this event, attendees will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. To receive a CE certificate, attendees must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the web conference and complete a survey within six days of the event. 

401.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

"The stages provides a helpful framework to work with clinicians from different stages." - Eva Abad, LMHC

Meet the Presenter

Robert Taibbi, LCSW

Robert Taibbi, LCSW

Robert Taibbi, LCSW has specialized in community mental health throughout his 40-year career, working not only as a clinician and a supervisor, but also as a clinical director.

He has authored several books, including Clinical Supervision: A Four-Stage Process of Growth and Discovery; Clinical Social Work Supervision: Practice & Process; Doing Couples Therapy: Craft and Creativity in Work with Intimate Partners; Doing Family Therapy: Craft and Creativity in Clinical Practice, which has been translated into Portuguese and Chinese and is in its third edition; and the forthcoming The Art of the First Session and Brief Therapy with Couples & Families. Bob has also contributed many book chapters, such as Favorite Counseling Techniques: 55 Masters Share Their Secrets, in which he was listed among the top therapists nationwide. He has published more than 300 journal and magazine articles, and he has written for a teen advice column in Current Health and as a contributing editor for Your Health and Fitness.

Bob was awarded for Best Consumer Health Writing on three occasions. He offers national and international trainings in family therapy, couple therapy, brief therapy, and clinical supervision. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and Rutgers University, and he has been an adjunct professor at several universities. For more information about Bob and his work, please visit bobtaibbi.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.